Several EU countries have limited the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to only older people –as the clots have affected younger people – while the UK has confined it to those aged over 30. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

New restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca doses could slow the State’s vaccine rollout just when it was supposed to be accelerating, Government Minis(...)

Dr Lorraine Nolan, chief executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority,  estimates the risk of the unusual blood clot on the brain, which is possibly linked to the vaccine, at one in 200,000.  Photograph:  Stephen Collins/ Collins Photo

People should still take the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine if offered it, despite the first Irish case of a rare blood clot in a vaccinated person this(...)

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine sits on a table at a pop up vaccinations site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center on Paril 8th in the Staten Island borough of New York. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Europe’s drug regulator said it is reviewing reports of rare blood clots in four people who received Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Covid-19 vaccin(...)

The European Medicines Agency concluded that there was a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in the brain in people who have received the vaccine. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s top health advisory body in charge of Covid-19 vaccines recommended on Friday that recipients of a first dose of the AstraZeneca shot who ar(...)

The European Medicines Agency said that blood clots are a rare side-effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine but that its benefits in protecting against the virus outweighed the risk and that there was no evidence to justify limiting the administration of the vaccine to specific age groups. Photograph: Lennart Preiss/ AFP via Getty Images

The latest guidance from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, while bringing useful clarification to the issues invo(...)

State medicines watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority, confirmed it had received “a case of interest associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which describes CVST, an unusual clot in the brain.” The clot was detected in a person who had received the jab. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

The first Irish case of a very rare blood clot in a person after vaccination with the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine is being investigated in a 40-year(...)

Almost 1 million  vaccine doses have been administered in the North, of which about half were AstraZeneca vaccines. Photograph: iStock

There were two further deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland on Thursday, bringing the total to 2,123, and 98 new cases identified, bringing t(...)

The EU’s medicines regulator said this week that blood clots should be listed as a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Barbara Gindl /APA/AFP via Getty Images

Spain and Italy have moved to limit the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged above 60, in shifts that will complicate the countries’ e(...)

A  woman gets a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India. Some 11 million have received two doses in India as the country tries to build immunity to protect its population of nearly 1.4 billion people. File photograph: EPA

India has recorded its highest-ever number of daily Covid-19 cases as its fight to curtail a renewed wave of infections is beset by vaccine shortages (...)

HSE vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium: Ministers and senior officials insist  the programme is “ramping up” and  200,000 people a week will receive shots in the second half of this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is likely to come under pressure on Thursday to review the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the European medicines regulator said(...)

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